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Christopher Dunn
Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund, The (New Orleans, LA 70118-5698)

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$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2021 – 6/30/2022

Stray Dog in the Milky Way: Tom Zé (b. 1936) and Brazilian Popular Music

Research and writing leading to a biography of Brazilian folk musician Tom Zé (1936- ).

The personal and artistic trajectory of Tom Zé (b. 1936), one of the great musical innovators of our time, reveals a larger portrait of modern Brazil during the last century. His life and art provide a microhistorical prism through which to examine modernization and underdevelopment, rural to urban migration, authoritarian rule and its legacies, inequality under neo-liberal regimes, insurgent social movements, and cultural globalization. His work also provides an exquisite example of the creative repurposing of cultural tradition, identified with rural northeastern Brazil, in dialogue with experimental music and poetics.